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July 6, 2010

Recall costs lead Lewis-Palmer residents to back away from effort
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July 06, 2010 1:32 PM
THE GAZETTE

A group that had threatened to recall members of the Lewis-Palmer School District 38 board have decided not to proceed.

Organizers said Tuesday they didn’t want to burden the district with recall and legal fees at a time when it is facing budget cuts.

The board, meanwhile, is moving quickly to choose an interim superintendent by July 15 — less than a month after the sudden resignation of Superintendent Raymond Blanch.

Applications are due by noon Friday.

Whoever is selected will fill the position for the 2010-2011 school year, which starts Aug. 11.

“The school year is about to start so we are moving expeditiously,” said John Mann, board president.

The board also will soon start a formal search for a long-term replacement. The process will include input from parents, staff and community, and will last for several months.

As for the committee decision not to have a recall, Mann said, “I respect whatever they want to do. All the board wants to do is go forward in a positive manner for kids.”

Georgina Gittins,a member of the recall committee, said the group learned it could cost up to $50,000 to recall a board member. The district has to pay for such a recall election.

“The district is already burdened by state economic problems, and the cost of replacing the superintendent,” she said.

Gittins said the community group will consider other options, but she would not elaborate. However, she noted that three board members will be up for re-election in 2011 and the others in 2013.

The group had considered a recall because people were left in the dark about many things, including the June 17 letter of resignation from Blanch, whom they supported.  Blanch, who was with the district nine years and superintendent since 2007, said he was leaving for personal and professional reasons. He also indicated a family member was ill and that he might move back east. His last day was June 30.

John Borman, principal of Lewis-Palmer High School, was named acting superintendent to carry out district’s day to day business until an interim superintendent is hired.

Blanche’s salary was $165,000 plus benefits. The salary for the interim and new superintendent will be part of negotiations, Mann said.

Applications and more information are on the district’s website, http://www.lewispalmer.org.

Our Community News Issue #113 — Volume 10 Number 7 — Saturday, July 3, 2010
Superintendent Blanch resigns; Borman appointed acting superintendent; Budget Approval
By Harriet Halbig

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